14:00 . I don’t want to use the word ‘victim’: I am not a victim because at the end of the day I chose this job for myself, but the consequences that come with it affect me. News from Brussels are very difficult to explain to people. I sometimes jokingly tell my husband that my job consists of explaining the EU to a ‘grandmother cooking potatoes at home’. From the outset, I knew that I’d need a thick skin, but what surprises me is that paradoxically, in my current task where I am simply reporting on European politics, I am facing more intimidation and harassment than I was facing ten years ago as an investigative journalist in the UK. Being a TV journalist, my face is directly exposed. I know there are people in Poland who look at me thinking ‘ugh, it’s her again with news we don’t want to hear’ or ‘news we don’t even believe in’. I simply deliver news: we say the European Parliament has voted this and that, or the European Commission has decided this – but as soon as the news are not favorable for politicians back in member states or for eurosceptics, we come under fire. and the attacks are often personal, as the so-called trolls don’t really have valid arguments against us so they end up attacking us personally. But hey – don’t shoot the messenger.
(Dorota is a journalist from Poland, covering EU affairs in Brussels, Belgium.)